MTA To Cut Service As Coronavirus Tanks Ridership, Officials Say
Ridership on New York City subways is down as much as 87%, MTA officials said Tuesday.
NEW YORK, NY — The Metropolitan Transit Authority will cut service across the board to adjust to massively reduced ridership caused by the spread of new coronavirus in the New York City region, MTA Chairman and CEO Pat Foye announced Tuesday.
2020欧洲杯赛事In an effort to maintain good service for essential workers relying on the MTA to get to their jobs, such as healthcare workers and public safety workers, the MTA will not suspend its operations, Foye said. Instead, a number of subway lines, buses and commuter lines will see reduced service in the coming days.
"We're not shutting down, we're not going anywhere," Foye said Tuesday before introducing service cuts.
2020欧洲杯赛事New York City subways and buses will run at about 75% of normal operations starting March 25 and March 26 resepectively, MTA Chief Operating Officer Mario Péloquin said Tuesday. Three subway lines — the B, W and Z lines — will cease to operate. Many express lines will also run locally during the service cuts, Péloquin said.
The MTA will continue to study ridership after implementing the service cuts to see if increases in service are needed on specific lines, Péloquin said.
Service cuts will be made on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro North Railroad starting March 27, MTA officials said. LIRR service will run at about 65% of its normal operations, but peak hour trains will be preserved, Péloquin said. Hourly trains on the Harlem, Hudson and New Haven lines of the Metro North Railroad will also be preserved.
2020欧洲杯赛事Foye said Tuesday that he does not expect service cuts to result in overcrowding for essential workers who continue to ride subways, buses and commuter trains due to sharp declines in ridership. Subway ridership is down 87%, bus ridership is down about 70%, Metro-North ridership is down 91% and LIRR ridership down 71% as of Monday, March, 23, transit officials said.
2020欧洲杯赛事There are no plans to shut down any specific subway stations as of Tuesday, Foye said.
When asked about Tuesday morning a , Foye responded that the MTA was unable to confirm when or where that video was taken. Foye then doubled-down on his belief that 75% of normal service should not result in crowding when only 13% of the subway's normal riders are using the system.
2020欧洲杯赛事As of Tuesday, 52 MTA employees have tested positive for coronavirus, interim New York City Transit President Sarah Feinberg said. Many more employees are out of work due to MTA protocols barring workers from returning to work without getting tested for the deadly virus. As of Tuesday, workforce shortages have resulted in more than 800 delays, Feinberg said.
Foye also spoke Tuesday about the MTA's need for federal aid to offset the loss of revenue caused by plummeting ridership and increased cleaning costs to help curb the spread of the virus. The MTA chairman said Tuesday that he is "hopeful" that the authority's request of $4 billion will be met. Foye is one of ten public transit executives from around the country to sign a letter requesting $25 billion for public transportation in Congress' next coronavirus relief bill.
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